Jim and Brooke Anderson’s dream house is a custom made Lindal Log home in Rockford, Illinois. With a sixty-foot free span and panoramic windows, the log home commands breathtaking views of the surrounding rural setting. The log home was cozy during the rugged winter months, but the interior became decidedly warm in the summer. The Andersons did their best to overcome the uncomfortable heat: reconfiguring the air conditioning system, repositioning the cold air returns, adding sky lights in the roofing, and finally fitting window blinds. All to no avail!
Diligent research conducted through heating and ventilating engineers and their interior designer led the Andersons to a solar control window film specialist. Following a detailed analysis of the site, Vista™ by LLumar® (formerly UVShield®) Soft Horizons V33 and Ultima V14 solar control window films were recommended to reduce the heat and glare while virtually eliminating fade-causing ultraviolet sunlight. Vista Soft Horizons, which is installed on all the windows of the log home, is neutral in appearance and virtually invisible from both sides of the windows. The installed film helped reduce the solar heat entering through the glass windows by 54% and helped reduce glare by 62%.
Vista Ultima which is fitted to the sky lights helps reduce solar energy by 80% and provides excellent visibility from inside to out at all times of day and night.
The results of the swift and efficient installation were immediate and dramatic. Internal temperatures were lowered by some 12°F, and the surroundings seemed almost glare free. The blinds are gone, and the windows provide uninterrupted views day and night. Jim and Brooke were delighted with their new comfortable room temperature which was so simply attained, albeit after much trial and error. They were also pleased that the film blocks more than 99 percent of ultraviolet rays, helping protect against premature fading.*